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Projects by Chicago Architects - SOM - 80 Years of Global Practice in Chicago

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Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Eric R Keune, On the occasion of SOM's 80th anniversary, will share some of the firm's recent work in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, Indianapolis, Indiana, along with several international projects which have been informed by work in the firm’s “hometown”.

Eric R. Keune, AIA is a Design Director with SOM where he has worked for the last 19 years in both the Chicago and San Francisco offices. Architect , Architectural Historian, and author - he is the author of a monograph on the work of onetime Chicagoan Paffard Keatinge-Clay entitled: Modern Architect(ure)/Modern Master(s). During his tenure with the SOM Eric has designed and built two projects for the State Department in Beijing and Guangzhou, as well as Kia Motors Headquarters and Automotive Design Center in Irvine, the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California and locally, an apartment for his family on Lake Shore Drive. He has not yet acquired the flat vowel sounds characteristic of the region.

Additional Info: The door and bar open at 4:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $35 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged for dinner and suggested for the program. They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to

and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.